But CCAGG said it failed to take into account the poor condition of some schools and health centers, which could impact on the services these offer to beneficiary children.
CCAGG also observed that the program's design left out "poor households without children, poor households with children above 14 years of age, elderly poor households, and poor households with disabled family members [who represent] a big chunk of the statistics of poor households."
CCAGG checked 16,572 beneficiaries (or a total of 4,616 households) in 12 Abra towns.
Another criticism is that the program encourages indolence and that the cash grants have not been used to support the education and health of children and the mothers as intended in the program," the CCAGG report said.
As a program that relies on a "carrot-and-stick" (incentives and disincentives) approach, the government's CCT program works for Abra, CCAGG said.
Some beneficiaries used their stipends to repair their houses or to install electricity, CCAGG said.
The beneficiaries' self-esteem also improved, CCAGG said, because of a unique feature called "Family Development Sessions." It said CCT households have been participating in community activities, like riprapping, construction of pathways and fixing community water systems.